Since it was unveiled in North America for the 2015 model year, the second generation Chevrolet Colorado has quickly evolved into one of the nation’s premier midsize trucks. While the Silverado has long been championed as the brand’s iconic pickup, not all buyers need the additional cabin space and cargo hauling capabilities that a full-size truck can provide.
As a result, the second-generation Colorado re-launch was met with high expectations—and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The Colorado offers a smaller environmental footprint, improved fuel efficiency and is much easier to park than its larger corporate sibling—all the while still providing buyers with the vital functions they expect out of a pickup truck.
2021 Colorado Exterior Changes
The Colorado is set to undergo even more changes for the 2021 model year that is sure to make the pickup even more appealing to buyers. The most notable revision is a new front fascia for all 2021 Colorado models that make the truck look even more modern.
WT, LT and Z71 models will feature new center bars, lower fascias and skid plates, while the ZR2 front fascia has been tweaked to provide better visibility for drivers and an overall more aggressive appearance. The WT and LT trims will feature all-new gold bowtie logos, while the Z71 will feature a stealth black bowtie. Similar to the Ford Raptor, the ZR2 now features a “Chevrolet” lettered grille with a “flowtie” emblem underneath and standard red tow hooks up front. Additionally, the tailgates on all models now feature “Chevrolet” lettering in place of the traditional bowtie.
2021 Colorado Package Changes
The Base trim has been eliminated, leaving the Work Truck (WT) as the new entry-level Colorado. The LT, Z71 and ZR2 trims are returning for the 2021 model year.
There are also three notable package changes for the 2021 Colorado. A new Chrome Appearance Package will now be offered on LT models that include a chrome grille, mirror caps, door handles, rear bumper and beltline molding for an upscale look. The street-inspired RST Special Edition (previously available on the LT) and off-road savvy Trail Runner Special Edition (previously available on the Z71) will not return for 2021.
2021 Colorado Interior and Color Changes
The interior of LT models will also see significant change with the addition of an upgraded audio and infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. An auto-dimming rearview mirror will also now be standard attire on the LT for 2021, replacing the outgoing manually operated unit for a little more standard luxury.
The last noteworthy change for 2021 Colorado models is the addition of three new exciting exterior colors—Bright Blue Metallic, Cherry Red Tintcoat and Sand Dune Metallic. These three new additions are also met with five departing color options. Pacific Blue Metallic, Silver Ice Metallic, Kinetic Blue Metallic, Shadow Gray Metallic and Cajun Red Tintcoat will not return for the 2021 model year.
2021 Colorado Availability and Pricing
The debut of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado was delayed due to COVID-19, but initial offerings arrived earlier this spring and others are still trickling in to dealership lots this fall. The 2021 Colorado starts at $28,295 after destination and delivery.
Interested in seeing what else is coming to the Chevy truck lineup? Check out what we know so far about the 2022 Chevy Silverado ZRX.